Maggie Gyllenhaal steps behind the camera and hits a home run in her feature directorial debut, an adaptation of The Lost Daughter. When it comes to actors stepping behind the camera to direct, there’s no guarantee that it’ll be a good film. Maggie Gyllenhaal has nothing to worry about with her feature directorial debut, which brings the mysterious Elena Ferrante’s novel to the screen. She hits it out of the ballpark! It certainly helps having…"The Lost Daughter: Maggie Hits A Home Run"
The Courier, formerly titled Ironbark, is a Cold War era spy thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel Brosnahan. I love a good spy thriller and The Courier is no exception. My only regret is that I didn’t have the opportunity to watch the film during Sundance in 2020. Screening conflicts mean having to choose between films and I also wasn’t feeling well for most of the festival. I can certainly say that watching films at…"The Courier: A Cold War Spy Thriller"
Misbehaviour revisits the 1970 Miss World competition which pronounced the arrival of the Women’s Liberation Movement. The film arrives in the United States at an interesting time. For the last few weeks, there has been much debate about Cuties. While I’ve yet to see that film, Misbehaviour serves as a reminder that the treatment of women in society is nothing new. All you have to do is look at these pageantry competitions–not just the ones…"Misbehaviour: The Fight For Women’s Rights"
Dolittle, the latest incarnation of everybody’s favorite doctor to talk to pets, is now available for audiences to purchase on Digital/VOD. Hugh Lofting published 14 books about Dr. Dolittle between 1920-1952. There have been a few feature films about the character but Dolittle is based on the 1922 book, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle. Robert Downey Jr. leads the star-studded cast as the famous doctor who can understand and talk to animals. For all of…"Dolittle Is Now Available On Home Video"
Renée Zellweger remarkably transforms into actress/singer Judy Garland in the upcoming Judy and will surely contend during Awards Season. While the film mostly takes place in late 1968-early 1969 prior to Garland’s tragic death at 47, there are flashbacks to childhood. If you didn’t read Garland’s autobiography or take a quick glance at MGM co-founder Louis B. Mayer’s Wikipedia page some of the film’s contents will come as a shock to you. Mayer molested the…"Toronto 2019: Judy"
Serving as a love letter to Glasgow, Wild Rose shows how far one woman will go if it means becoming a star in Music City. Rose-Lynn Harlan wants (Jessie Buckley) to hit the big time as a country singer but there’s one minor problem–she lives in Scotland. This isn’t to say that pursuing her dreams will be easy because it won’t. Her own economic situation, let alone a drug-addiction past that put her in jail,…"TIFF 2018: Wild Rose"